Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Valentina Cruz no longer exists.
One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.
She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.
She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.
Kiss Kill Vanish was a total bust right from the beginning. Honestly, I don’t know how I even made it to the end, but I did and I have a lot of criticisms.
1. The beginning is boring as hell. The stuff they write on cereal boxes are more interesting than what this book had to offer me. I’m told in the synopsis that Valentina Cruz no longer exists and that she just witnessed her father and boyfriend commit a murder. THAT SOUNDED EXCITING. And I was expecting something just as exciting or something related to that, instead of a girl sitting down as a muse for a wannabe artist in the first few chapters. CHAPTERS. I HAD TO SUFFER CHAPTERS OR BOREDOM. Where’s all my interesting plot gone? The first few chapters of a book are meant to draw you into a story, on a scale of 1 to 10, this book got 0 for interestingness.
2. Guess what, it continues it’s boring-ness for the rest of the book. LIKE WHY. WHY DO YOU DO THIS. I was expecting a lot of flashbacks to the night that the murder happened and a lot of juicy details but I get none of that. Instead, I am forced to sit through pages and pages is events that really don’t perk my interest at all.
3. The thing is, I didn’t just hate the book for it being a total liar in the synopsis and how nothing happens for majority of the read. The main character makes everything so much more unbearable.
- She spends most of her time whining about how crap her life has become. I mean, I’m sorry, but GET OVER YOURSELF.
- She’s a spoiled little brat. Why? See my first dot point.
- She’s completely and utterly witless. Sometimes I begin to wonder if she even has a brain. Because not once in this book is it shown that she actually might possess one. One prime example is that she chooses to flee to Montreal when she sees her boyfriend commit a crime. Not only is she totally rash, (I mean, dude, calm down, your boyfriend murdered someone, but you don’t need to flee the city. THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS.) but also MONTREAL? You can’t even speak French. Also, you and your boyfriend spoke about going to Montreal and your father has been to Montreal. Cannot you have chosen a place where people can’t find you as easy?
4. The plot was flawed. There were so many loopholes. I get that ‘on the run’ novels are pretty hard to tackle because it can get unrealistic real quick, but this just started off as unrealistic. Valentina was also a really poor planner and every action she made was totally irrational and just made me cringe.
5. The romance. God. Your boyfriend, Emilio, killed someone. You, Valentina, then still run to him and completely ignore the fact that he committed a crime. What’s more, is that you still rely on him to solve all your problems. WOMAN. THIS GUY HAS ISSUES. CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT? Oh but wait, you do too, so I guess that explains that. She’s basically ‘O Emilio!’ all the damn time like girl, he’s not your bloody Romeo. But thinking of it, he is because Romeo technically also killed someone. Well then…
Moreover, Valentina thinks more about Emilio than her family and friends during her time in Montreal. It’s concerning, to say the least.
Oh, and there’s a love triangle. You know what? I’m not even going to go there.
In all, Kiss Kill Vanish was a waste of time. The plot was underdeveloped and I struggle to just conjure up one reason as to why Valentina was an okay protagonist. She just isn’t. Also, I can only see the romance as a plot device. If I had a say in it, I wouldn’t recommend this at all.
~Thank you Katherine Tegen for sending me this copy!~
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